Thursday, 6 July 2017

Turn the Heat Up: New Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Urban Decay have hit the nail on the head with this new release. Taking vibes from the uber successful Modern Renaissance Palette from Anastasia, they have upgraded the classic Naked palette to include warmer orange and red tones. This is going to be an absolute winner for the summer months, and is perfect if, like me, you have warm undertones to your skin.

The consistency is as you'd expect from any Naked Palette, but if you're not familiar, the eyeshadows are so soft, and blend very well, considering there's a lot of darker colours here. In my opinion, these blend better than the Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette which was way more expensive. 

The casing feels a lot heavier than the usual Naked Palettes, giving it a much more luxurious feel, and can we take a moment to appreciate the front of the palette? It's nothing short of beautiful...!

The colours range from a shimmery highlight shade (Ounce) right down to a dark gold-brown shimmer (Ember). The palette contains 7 matte shades and 5 shimmers, with the shimmers bringing ever so slightly more pigment than the mattes, but there's not a lot in it. 

My favourite shade in this palette is Scorched - a beautiful red-brown shimmer which looks amazing all over the lid. 

I cannot wait to experiment some more with this palette, the warm tones are right up my street. If you can get your hands on it when it officially releases, and you're a fan of warm toned eyeshadows, you won't be disappointed.

Bravo, Urban Decay - I have a new favourite Naked Palette! 

What's your thoughts on this new palette? Hit or miss?

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Dead Disney Princess - Halloween Make Up Look

If you're struggling for inspiration this Halloween, here's a really simple look you can do with make-up products that you already own. If you prefer looking more 'pretty' than gory on halloween, this look is perfect.

This look is all about the highlight and glow, so for my base, I used the Lush Skin Tint in Feeling Younger, which is a great affordable product which can be used as a glowing primer. For foundation, I continued with the glow by using the YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint foundation in the shade B30. 

For my concealer, I used my favourite concealer of the moment, Urban Decay Naked in Fair Neutral. This provides such great coverage so is perfect for that Disney Princess skin. To set my concealer, I used the Soap and Glory Kick Ass Powder which has a yellow tint so is super brightening. 

I bronzed and highlighted using the Anastasia Glow Kit in That Glow, using Golden Bronze on the outer perimeter of the face and Sunburst on the tops of my cheekbones, cupids bow and on the brow bone. 

For this look, I was dying to use my new Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette (see in depth review on this here), and started by putting Bad all over the eye up to the brow bone to provide a nice base for the other colours to go on top of. I then began to build up the crease colour, using a combination of Bossy, Coco and Henna to get that warmth into the look. I then went in with the pressed gold colour, 24k all over the eyelid. Once I'd finished, I wanted more warmth into the eyes, so added Mac Cranberry over the top and blended that all in together and also under the lower lash line. Mac Cranberry was also what I used to create the 'Blood Tears' coming down the face. 

To top off the look, I used Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red (see review here). On the top, I used a combination of Loreal's Gold Obsession Lipstick in Pure Gold, and then tapped some more of the 24K Huda Beauty Eyeshadow into the centre. 

I really loved how this look turned out, it could easily be built up with some fake blood too if you wanted it a little more gory. What are you dressing as for Halloween? I'd love to know!

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette Review

To say I was excited about this palette would be an understatement. Having seen various American beauty bloggers and bloggers talk about this, I got myself onto the waitlist at Cult Beauty to be notified as soon as it was released, and got in there straight away. 

This palette contains 18 shades, and leans very warm toned so is perfect for this time of year and the pressed pigments are going to be ideal for the festive season too. It contains a mixture of satins, mattes and foils, with the foils being unlike any eyeshadow I've ever felt before. The colours are absolutely spot on, combining shadows for everyday wear (Suede, Coco, Sandalwood and Moon Dust are great for this) with some more 'out there' shades for when you want to go for more of a dramatic look. 

The price point of this is absolutely insane coming in at £56, but (girl logic!) it averages out at £3 per shadow, which considering the foils are so beautiful, makes me able to justify it... just about. 

The star shades of this palette are on the top row (and Blessed, from the second row!), and one thing to note is that these foils are designed to be applied with fingers to get the best pigmentation and finish. Huda also suggests that a fixing spray onto a brush, making it damp, will give a similar effect. When used with fingers, these come out so beautifully intense and are perfect for finishing of the look in the centre of the eyelid. 

The shimmers are also highly pigmented (Angelic & Moondust)and Moondust is ideal for an inner corner highlight. 

Where this palette lacks ever so slightly is on the mattes, black truffle is not the most pigmented matte black I own (Anastasia and Urban Decay both beat this one unfortunately) and flamingo doesn't come out as bright pink as I'd like. That said, the mattes do all blend together nicely when applying them with a brush and the pigmentation is better on some of the other mattes, namely Henna, Sandalwood, Maneater and Coco have a much better payoff. 

I trialled these out, using Sandalwood in the crease, blended out with Henna and Maneater and deepening up with Coco and Black Truffle in the outer corners. I've used Moon Dust in the inner corner to highlight and Trust Fund right in the centre of the eye. These colours look great with green/brown eyes to really make them pop. 

Despite the crazy price tag and a couple of disappointing mattes, on the whole this palette is really great and I can see myself using this A LOT over the next few months, especially to Christmas parties. I think Moon Dust may also have become my favourite inner corner highlight.

Have you managed to get your hands on this limited edition palette? What are your thoughts? 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The Unexpected Beauty Favourite that You Need

If asked what your number 1 beauty essential was, what would you say? Your holy grail foundation? That perfect red lipstick? Or that fragrance that just smells like you? Mine has to be this book, Pretty Honest by the beautiful Sali Hughes because I literally consult it for everything. From what to buy my girlfriends for their birthdays to what foundation suits your skin tone, to how to act when visiting a beauty counter; this book has all the beauty information that you could ever need. 

My favourite thing about this book is the manner in which it's written, it's almost like you're getting beauty advice from your mum or a really good friend. Like the name suggests, it's totally honest (sometimes a bit too honest, I quote "I've no idea who first decreed that all women over 35 should cut off their hair, but I'd be mustard-keen to knock them out") but that's what makes it great. 

It's all of the questions you've always wanted to ask (like, how do I approach a beauty counter?) rolled into a handy book that I can honestly say is like my bible; I refer to it whenever I need some beauty inspiration or advice. My favourite sections are Red Lipstick, Foundation, Getting the Perfect Manicure and Pedicure and How to Look Good in a Picture, but there are so many more. 

If you are stuck for a gift to get the girl who has everything, this is perfect. I received it as a gift from one of my best friends, and it has been in pride of place on my bedside table since, I can't recommend this enough. 

Have you read this book? Do you have any other beauty book recommendations? I'd love to try out some more!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Naked Dupes - W7 vs Urban Decay

The Naked palette is one of the most talked about eyeshadow palettes on the market, but at almost £40 a pop, they aren't affordable for everybody. These two took me longer than I would like to admit to realise just how identical they were, but I am so glad I did. The W7 palette is less than a quarter of the price of the naked palette, which makes it a great alternative for those with less cash or those looking to try out the colours without splashing out £38.50.

W7 as a brand have a number of products which look similar to higher priced cosmetics, from eyeshadows to lipsticks and mascaras. Most of these can be found by searching on Amazon, so if you are interested in the range it's definitely worth a look.

Above you can see the two palettes side by side. The W7 palette is at the top with the original Naked palette underneath. The colours are near on identical, the only exception being the matte shade thee colours in from the left has a slight difference, but I actually prefer the colour in the W7 palette (as you may be able to tell by the fact it has hit pan!) 

On swatch, there is a very slight difference in pigmentation and smoothness of the application. Above on the top row is the Naked Palette with the W7 palette swatched on the bottom row. The most noticeable difference is in the shimmer shades, W7 shades seem to have more chunky glitter, whereas the Naked palette shimmer shades are more finely milled and blended. This is a minor difference however, and as you can judge for yourselves by the swatches they are really very similar in pigmentation. 

In terms of wear time, I was really impressed with the W7 palette. It doesn't last quite as long as the Naked palette, but with a primer underneath will easily last a work day. 

If you are looking into the Naked Palette, the W7 is almost spot on in terms of a very affordable dupe, but since the difference in price is so huge, it seems crazy not to try the W7 first! 

Have you ever tried any W7 products? 

Friday, 19 August 2016

The Cutest Liquid Lipsticks Around - Kylie Birthday Edition Mini Set

I couldn't quite contain my excitement for these little beauties to arrive. In case you have been living under a rock (or just away from Twitter....) Kylie Jenner released a new Limited Edition product line for her 19th birthday, including liquid eyeliner, cream eyeshadows and new lip shades. Out of the whole collection, the one item that drew me in was this mini kit containing some of the most coveted Kylie shades of the matte liquid lipstick, along with her new shade Leo, exclusively produced with Gold for Kylie's birthday. 

The shades included in this kit are shown below from L-R; Leo, Exposed, Dolce K, Candy K, Koko K and Kristen. As you may already know from my previous posts, I was dying to try Exposed, and the new Leo shade also drew me in as a good dark burgundy shade is a must in any girl's collection. 

 The packaging is completely adorable, and matches in with the gold theme across this whole line, and because these are so small it makes them perfect for carrying around in your handbag or clutch. Each lipstick contains 0.65ml of product which, let's face it, isn't a huge amount and I don't think these will last me too long; but it was great to be able to try out all these shades without investing in the full sizes. 

The formula of these is the same as the other lip kits I own, very comfortable and long wearing. The same sweet scent has also been included on these, they smell good enough to eat!

My favourite from this collection took me by surprise, it's actually Kristen which is another new shade released for the summer (far right). It's a perfect berry red shade which can be worn easily both day and night. Exposed is also a great every day nude shade, Kylie just seems to nail the shades every time! 

Which one of these colours is your favourite? Have you tried any of the Kylie Lip Kits?

Get Your Glow On - Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Now summer time is upon us, the desire to have glowing, radiant skin is greater than ever. Enter Becca Backlight Priming Filter. This product is designed to be worn underneath foundation to provide your skin a beautiful "lit from within" glow, making your skin look healthier and brighter. 

The texture of this is so smooth, it glides over the skin and makes it a pleasure to apply. In terms of longevity of makeup on top of this; I can't say I've noticed much of a difference, however even when your foundation begins to wear off, your skin still looks glowing. The scent is also dreamy, I can't quite explain it but it just smells expensive and feels so luxury on the skin. 

I have honestly fallen in love with this so quickly, and I'm already considering getting a back up copy - that's when you know it's true love! 

A perfect primer if you are looking for glowing, healthy looking skin. Have you tried this? Do you have any similar products that are more budget-friendly? I'd love to know!